Forest Park stays undefeated, beats Lake Clifton, 11-3

May 10, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Under coach Obie Barnes, whose teams are 58-5 the past four seasons, Forest Park has been the symbol of outstanding lacrosse among the city's public schools.

The Foresters (12-0) did little to damage that reputation with yesterday's 11-3 City-Wide victory at Lake Clifton (10-2). Against the Lakers, coming off last year's 5-7 season, Forest Park put on a clinic in passing, offensive transition and defense.

Defensemen Lionell Yewitt, Corey Hill and Ramadan Yasin limited the Lakers' top scorer, Paul Preston (62 goals, 10 assists), to two goals.

Despite having a two-man advantage for 40 seconds of the final quarter -- in addition to an unreleasable three-minute man-advantage to start that period -- Lake Clifton scored only once in 11 extra-man opportunities.

Preston, whose second seed Lakers play host to No. 3 Edmondson Friday in the first round of the 3A-4A playoffs, said, "I was double-teamed all day, but our team has to learn to step it up in games like this."

Dathan Jones led Forest Park's scoring with four goals and three assists, followed by Sean Markley (four, two) and James Heath (three, two). Heath, an All-City midfielder, is the Foresters' top scorer with 49 goals and 31 assists, followed by Markley (42, 19) and Jones (20, 31).

Yesterday's win helped to avoid a three-way tie with Poly (11-1) -- an earlier 4-3 winner over the Lakers after losing 14-10 to Forest Park, which shared last year's 4A-2A title with Poly and City.

"We did what we said we'd do: Whenever they tried to send a cutter through, we made them pay," Yewitt said. "They [Lakers] have some good players, but it takes more than one good scorer to beat Forest Park."

Heath, who has never been on a Foresters' team that hasn't won a league title, added, "I just want to know why we're not getting any recognition [in the Top 15 rankings]. I've been here four years, and this team has played with the most composure."

The Foresters, who have secured the top seed for Friday's 1A-2A state playoffs, led 1-0 after a period primarily because Lakers keeper David Fulgham (16 saves) stopped nine of their first 15 shots.

Unable to force their shots up the middle, the Foresters built a 5-0 lead by working from behind the goal, with Heath first feeding Markley, then Jones, and Jones assisting Markley and Heath. A Jones-to-Heath feed from Fulgham's left made it 6-0 at halftime.

"Keith and I started working on our roll-dodge plays to get the open shots from behind the goal," Jones said. "Their goalie was good, but that was our plan if the game was close."

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